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. that's why i've been urging the obama administration to hold him as a potential enemy combatant so we can continue this dialogue apart from the criminal case. >> bret: okay. let me just play devil's advocate and say he is an american citizen. he became one he september 11, 2012. dzhokhar, some with say, should be afforded the rights of american citizens, should be given those rights. let's say he's not the guy and let's say he didn't place the bag. let's say, you know, of course, there is a lot of evidence that police and the f.b.i. are saying and they had him in that boat and we've all saw it live on tv. let's say he's not the guy. >> okay. >> bret: shouldn't he be given the miranda rights? >> he should be given miranda rights no matter what because if you're going to prosecute -- if you interview him to try to find out if he's guilty, he should get miranda rights. every person should if you're going to try to interview them to gain information to convict them in court. he's not entitled to miranda rights if he's a terrorist who is associated himself with enemies of the nation. ameri
combatant. how is legal action at this point most likely to move forward? >> reporter: well, the obama administration would never go for that, partly as a policy matter. they have made it quite clear that civilian courts are up to the task and they think in many ways better than military tribunals which are untested. civilian courts have convicted lots of terrorism defendants. it will be a federal case. they'll charge him withes with use of a weapons of mass destruction. the maximum penalty is the death penalty. the government will have to decide whether to seek that or not. there's an additional wrinkle here. he is an american citizen. he was a naturalized citizen last year oddly on 9/11 of last year, and there is an open legal question about whether even if the government wanted to, it could declare an american citizen captured on u.s. soil as an enemy combatant. it's an untested question. the government tried to do it in the case of jose padilla several years ago and as that case was about to go to the supreme court, the government changed its mind and put him into civilian court so
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